The Biology building
As a student in the Department of Biology, you get to boast that your subject building is one of the biggest on campus. It’s at the far-side of Campus West, near the river. On the walk down to it from Wentworth bus stop you are likely to see ducks, rabbits, or both. The building itself offers many places to study: near Cookies (Biology’s own café), the Atrium and the Creative Lounge to name just a few.
The Creative Lounge is one of my favourite places to study and is exclusive to biology students. Under normal circumstances, it can get full pretty quickly but there are great pod-style spaces to study with your friends or on your own. Also, there is a bookshelf with Biology textbooks which you can use to supplement your studying.
The enthusiasm that the lecturers at York have for their specialisms is another aspect to look forward to and is greatly motivating. During a lecture, they may mention their own research alongside using recent papers, to explain the concepts they are teaching. This means you are learning about science as it is happening. In tutorials, you get to know the lecturers better (or at the moment during Q&A sessions!) and can further explore their research or an area of biology that you are interested in.
The campus and York
The saving grace of lockdown for me, has been walks around the campus and into the city. Getting out of my bedroom and going outside has kept me sane. I enjoy a walk around the river and going to see Long Boi (if you don’t know who he is yet, you will when you arrive!) amongst the swans, geese and ducks. This gives me a temporary escape from being sat in front of my laptop.
Me and my housemates often walk into the city to get takeaway brownies from Brew and Brownie (I highly recommend checking them out). This was one of my highlights of last term, and I really enjoy how welcoming and safe the city feels.
The benefit of studying a subject you love at university, is that everyone else studying that subject loves it too. Being able to discuss lectures and talk about general biology which excites me with my friends, is a way to consolidate material. It is also great to enjoy biology with others. Your friends are likely to read different papers or be interested in an area of biology which you know nothing about. This is a good way to broaden your horizons!
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